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EFITA newsletter / 788 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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See you in EFITA 2017 in Montpellier in one the most interesting and beautiful region that I know

ICT-AGRI Workshops at EFITA and ECPA
ICT-AGRI organises workshops at two major conferences within ICT and Precision Agriculture in July 2017:
- At EFITA in Montpellier 5th July 11:10
- At ECPA in Edinburgh 19th July 14:00
The main content is at both workshops to discuss a new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda with practioners, researchers, developers, companies and policy makers. Everybody are welcome.

His Highness A380 above the "parc de Sceaux" (near Paris)
The photo is arranged. The A380 never flew above this park... and you will not see the small buiding where is our flat. It is in the green as well as our home city which lies just behind the park. Anyway we are very happy to live in such an environment, 6 km from Paris.
The curiosity is that there is a straight road to Versailles that enabled the minister Colbert to go to Versailles to visit the king Louis XIV.

AGME 2017: The 13th international congress on mechanization and energy in agriculture
& international workshop on precision agriculture
13 -15 September 2017 IZMIR, TURKEY
Deadline: June 16, 2017

Agri-Innovation summit Lisbon 2017
11 - 12 October 2017 - LISBON
The Agri Innovation Summit will provide a platform for a stimulating debate on innovation and digitisation in agriculture and rural areas, now and after 2020. Horizon 2020 projects will meet with innovative projects supported by the Common agricultural policy to build linkages and peed up innovation. Commissioners Moedas and Hogan will participate.


Modelia / Afia

>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
Voir :

>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
Voir :

>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 23 mars 2016)
Voir :

>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
Voir :

API Agro (10 février 2016)
La conférence "API-AGRO", organisée par l'Acta, a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
Voir :

>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
Voir :

>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

Voir :

Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Software Engineering Techniques Applied to Agricultural Systems - An Objet Oriented and UML Approach by Papajorgji, Petraq J., Pardalos, Panos M.
Software Engineering Techniques Applied to Agricultural Systems presents cutting-edge software engineering techniques for designing and implementing better agricultural software systems based on the object-oriented paradigm and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The book is divided in two parts: The first part presents concepts of the object-oriented paradigm and the UML notation of these concepts, and the second part provides a number of examples of applications that use the material presented in the first part. The examples presented illustrate the techniques discussed, focusing on how to construct better models using objects and UML diagrams. More advanced concepts such as distributed systems and examples of how to build these systems are presented in the last chapter of the book.

The book presents a step-by-step approach for modeling agricultural systems, starting with a conceptual diagram representing elements of the system and their relationships. Furthermore, diagrams such as sequential and collaboration diagrams are used to explain the dynamic and static aspects of the software system.

This book is intended for anyone involved in software development projects in agriculture, including managers, team leaders, developers and modellers of agricultural and environmental systems.


Inspirational ideas: Data sharing through Farmbench
The digital revolution is now upon us and more and more technologies are available to the agricultural sector. Farmers in the UK, for example, can use Farmbench (

Farmbench collects and shares data from across the UK, providing farmers with useful indications on potential changes to their farm management practices which can eventually help them to manage risks and to cope with price volatility.

How data can make dairy farming more profitable? (Dairy Australia)

The role of Remote Sensing and GIS in Agriculture
In this post, I would like to introduce a web page that provides a helpful tutorial about the role of Remote Sensing and GIS in agriculture to audiences.

The online NRCS office by Lynn Betts
Sign documents, review conservation plans and request assistance online.


Implement Control via Tablet PC (CLAAS)

Three years ago at the "SIMA Innovation Awards" in Paris, CLAAS received a gold medal for developing a software application for controlling implements using a commercially available tablet PC. At the time it was still a project in development, but today it is a market-ready product which can be used across machinery from different manufacturers.

The new app is called the "EASY on board App" and opens up completely new operating functionality for the user by means of ISOBUS communication between the tractor and implement.

Nowadays, it is hard to imagine daily life without tablets, whether at home or at work. The agricultural sector is also making increasing use of the flexibility of tablets. This is especially the case for contractors working across multiple farms. These devices provide access at any time and any place to important farm-specific data, applications and information such as customer data as well as land management, navigation, e-mailing and weather forecasting functionality.

CLAAS is now expanding the versatility of these commercially available devices with a software application for controlling agricultural implements. The EASY on board App uses the integrated ISO Universal Terminal application (ISO UT) to map the ISOBUS system of the implement on the tablet, allowing it to be operated via touchscreen. In combination with the EASY on board App, the tablet can thus become a low-cost alternative to the ISOBUS terminal of the implement in future. Thanks to the ISOBUS compatibility, the tablet solution can also be used with ISOBUS machines from other manufacturers. For convenient operation, the tablet can also be used to assign implement functions to the F-keys on the tractor operating lever. However, customers who prefer the conventional operating system with the implement terminal can, of course, still obtain the terminal.

>>> How it works
To use the EASY on board App, both the implement and tractor must be ISOBUS-capable and connected by a standard ISOBUS cable. Communication between the implement and the tablet takes place over WLAN. For this purpose, the WLAN adapter (CWI - CLAAS Wireless Interface) is connected to the in-cab ISOBUS socket of the tractor, which also supplies power to the WLAN adapter.

The WLAN adapter and a universal bracket for the tablet are purchased just once. The required EASY on board App can be downloaded easily and free of charge from the App Store. Users can also carry out software updates themselves just as quickly and easily. Initially, the EASY on board App will be available for Apple tablets with the operating system iOS8 or later.

From next year, CLAAS will provide the EASY on board App for operating the ROLLANT 455, 454 and 375 UNIWRAP baler models, the CARGOS 8000 and 9000 dual-purpose wagon model series, the LINER 3600 and 4000 swathers as well as the DISCO 1100 C/RC BUSINESS, 9400 C DUO, 9200 C BUSINESS and 9200 C AS disc mowers.

In October 2014 CLAAS brought together its in-house electronics expertise for the first time within the new subsidiary CLAAS E-Systems. The headquarters are currently located in Gütersloh, Germany. In the next year the new technology development center of CLAAS E-Systems will be constructed near Dissen.


Too busy!

What's new in ag? A collection of five new items: June 19-24

Advanced drainage systems launches new app to support agricultural drainage planning
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. has developed the Agricultural Drainage App, a new mobile application for planning agricultural drainage systems, offering automatic calculations for both the proper quantity and type of pipe needed to achieve the drainage required. Free to download, it is now available from the App Store and on Google Play.

"This is another step in our ongoing plan to provide products, tools and support that increase yield potential from every acre of land," stated Bob Klein, Executive Vice President, Sales at ADS. "Since 1966, ADS has been committed to bringing innovative solutions to agricultural drainage and this app is a continuation of that commitment.”

With simple inputs from the user like acres, drainage coefficient and grade; the app can calculate quantity of pipe needed utilizing the company’s single wall, N-12® and HP pipe, determine the proper pipe diameter and the associated cost to drain the specified area.

The new ADS app incorporates other ADS design tools that can be used in planning a holistic agricultural drainage system. If a lift station is required, the Pump Size calculator allows the user to determine everything from the horsepower needed, the storage required, and overall system size. The ADS G.R.O.W. (Greater Return on Water Management) Analysis section gives the user the ability to determine their total cash return on an investment in field tile drainage.

French figures

Compact 2025: Knowledge and Innovation Hub: Resources
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(Funny) Boris Johnson’s interview (and a disaster)

A little Friday Morning Lawyer humor...

A lawyer with a wife and 12 children needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner, who wanted to reoccupy the home.

He was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house.

When he said that he had 12 children no one would rent a home to him, because they felt that the children would destroy the place.

He couldn't say that he had no children, because he couldn't lie; we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie.

So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids.

He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right -- the agent asked:

"How many children do you have?

He answered: "Twelve.”

The agent asked, "Where are the others?”

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look answered,

“They're in the cemetery with their mother.”

It's not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words...and don't forget, most politicians are unfortunately lawyers.

Next Efita
2 - 6 July 2017

Congrès européen
d'informatique agricole

Montpellier - France at SupAgro Ag University



Contacts :
Jean-Pierre CHANET (Irstea)
Bruno TISSEYRE (AgroTIC SupAgro)
Olivier NAUD (Irstea)
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a), olivier.naud(a)

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